Why it’s Important to Walk Before You Run When Traveling Abroad

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The metaphor of “walking before running” is powerful when it comes to traveling. On the one hand, yes, there’s nothing more exhilarating than embracing a spontaneous energy when you travel abroad. But that doesn’t mean you should put all of your cards on the table without exercising any caution whatsoever. It’s still important to weigh a few options in your head, and here’s why.

Avoid Burnout

If you go too hard too fast, you might burn yourself out. If you visit 10 countries in six months during your first ever trip, you might find yourself overwhelmed by everything, which may lead to you become turned off by traveling in general. We certainly don’t want that!


If you go ahead with tunnel vision and don’t do proper research, you might find yourself in dangerous situations before you know what’s happening. It’s good to have fun and do your thing, but make sure to be careful as well.

Ask Yourself Why

Before going on any trip, there should be a good reason why you’re going. Even if the reason is simply that you want to see the world, that’s completely fine. But make sure that you’re aware of what you’re in it for. Because if you travel for the wrong reasons, you may end up making bad decisions you wouldn’t normally make.